Study reveals security flaws in Samsung’s Knox platform on Galaxy S4

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Researcher Mordechai Guri at the Ben-Gurion University’s Cyber Security Lab in Israel recently discovered a major vulnerability in Samsung’s Knox security platform on the Galaxy S4. The flaw “could allow malicious software to track emails and record data communications.”

While Samsung is still investigating the claims, a Samsung spokesperson said that the allegations are not as serious as they might seem.


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KitKat comes to Nexus Q in unofficial update from XDA developer forums

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Remember that bizarre orb-like device that Google unveiled with the original Nexus 7 back in June 2012?

Although we’ll most likely never see another version of that awkward little orb, the Nexus Q, there is some good news for those that actually own one.

While the device originally shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there wasn’t another update for it as Google pretty much marked it internally as a failure— or at least marked it as a device that needed a bit more R&D.

Now, XDA forum member hharte has released a nearly perfect build of Android 4.4 KitKat based on CyanogenMod. Current issues include WLAN and audio w/ Google Music. Either way, there isn’t really any reason why you shouldn’t want to upgrade to this experimental version of KitKat. Hit up the developmental thread in the source link below to get going.

Source: XDA-Developers

Sony updating additional devices to Android 4.3, includes the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL

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If you own one of Sony’s recent Xperia devices, then you should be receiving a software update soon. While it is not Android 4.4 KitKat, it is a welcome update. The Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z are all being updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The update adds Sony’s Smart Social Camera app, updates to their own apps, a streamline set of media apps, a new battery management mode, and more enhancements. Of course, the arrival of the update will depend upon your market. To see the specifics of the update, hit the source link.

Source: Sony
Via: Android Central

New App: PPLCONNECT offers virtual connectivity to your phone for calls and SMS for free

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A new app is now available on the Play Store called PPLCONNECT. What’s so cool about it? PPLCONNECT lets you virtually connect to your cell phone for calls and SMS for free from your computer, tablet, or even your friend’s device— and it’s all for free!

Although the app is currently in beta, you’ll still be able to take part in most of the important features the app will eventually offer in its full release. This includes sending and receiving SMS from your computer, tablet, or even another phone. All of the SMS are synced between devices and even your own phone’s inbox, so you don’t need to worry about missing any messages if you’re on a different device.

You can even make calls from any device as well, and access all of your contacts on any device (as long as it’s connected to the web in some way, of course).

It seems like a pretty neat tool. Hit the break for screens and the link to the app in the Play Store!


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HTC Butterfly S receiving Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5 starting today

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HTC’s Butterfly S, their flagship for markets overseas, is starting to receive the Android 4.3 update with Sense 5.5. MaximusHD ROM developer LlabTooFer tweeted a screenshot indicating that he has received the massive update. Included are Video Highlights improvements with a new interface, BlinkFeed adjustments to broaden its capabilities, Music interface improvements, and Sense TV improvements that also receives a facelift. The version number is 2.21.708.1 meaning that this is for the Bufferfly S in Hong Kong. The update is almost 750MB, so make sure you have enough space. Let us know how it feels after you finish installing!
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Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III finally receives 4.3 update

samsung-galaxy-s3-jelly-bean-420x309AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular already got their Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.3 updates last month, but Verizon users were still waiting. Thankfully for them, the wait is over, as 4.3, along with the Samsung Premium Suite is being rolled out to devices as we post.

Along with all the improvements 4.3 brings, Samsung Knox support, Galaxy Gear support and a few added enhancements to Samsung’s existing software, including things like multi-screen and multi-window support, are also included with the update.

Remember that despite the roll out beginning, it could take a few days for the update to reach your device.

Source: Verizon

 

Samsung Galaxy S 4, Note 3 getting KitKat at the end of January, according to French carrier

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According to French carrier SFR, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Note 3 will be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update at the end of next month. This matches with a schedule that was leaked a few weeks ago. Considering the GS4 received Android 4.3 last month, it seems that Samsung is working at a decent pace to make sure its smartphone owners get the latest version of Android. So keep an eye out next month for the update.

Source: SFR (French)
Via: SamMobile

Spotify updated on both Android and desktop, features minor interface tweaks, new artist pages

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The Spotify app on Android recently received an update. It isn’t a big one, but you’ll see that there are newly designed login and signup pages, as well as image galleries and play counts in the artist section.

Both the PC and Mac versions have also been updated, but feature a much different interface than previously seen. It’s darker, and artists now have circular avatars. There don’t seem to be any new features, though. If you haven’t received the update yet, expect to get it soon. Hit the break for a screenshot of the new desktop version as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.


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“App Ops” privacy feature removed from Android 4.3

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That awesome “App “Ops” feature that appeared on Android 4.3 is now gone. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has found that Google removed the feature because it was “put there accidentally and wasn’t supposed to be part of Android 4.3.” The feature allowed users to “install apps while preventing the app from collecting sensitive data like the user’s location or address book,” an incredibly safe and useful feature.

The EFF says that Android should bring back the feature, as well as introduce the capability to let users disable network access for applications that clearly don’t need it, like flashlight apps, wallpapers, UI tweaks, and some games. The Foundation urges users not to update to Android 4.4.2, despite the fact that the update includes security enhancements and bug fixes.

Source: EFF
Via: BGR

LG G Pad 8.3 GPE receiving Android 4.4.2 now

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The Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3 is starting to receive the Android 4.4.2 update. According to a reader over at Droid Life, the 8-inch near-Nexus tablet is receiving the update sized at 52MB. The update “improves performance and stability and bug fixes.” On the surface, there are no major user interface changes. Head on over to Settings/About tablet/System updates to see if your LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is ready for Android 4.4.2.

Via: Droid Life